Damask Weaving is a precise artDamask weaving is a precise art



Peg wearing her own designs

Peg wearing her own designs



Peg modelling at 1998 Wearable Arts AwardClick to Enlarge Photo"When Peg Moorhouse stepped on the catwalk at the tenth Wearable Art Awards in Nelson this past September, little did she realise what a stir she would create.

'I felt I was like a Man of the Match but without the cheque'. The attention may have been due partly to Peg's ten year's of participation, both as a contestant and model in this annual, exciting, visual extravaganza, and partly to her age. At 81, Peg's vitality and attitude to life belie her years."

Jan Morgan, Creative Fibre Magazine, December, 1998.

"Superb use of colour. This garment could be worn anywhere with style and aplomb. Technically very well executed with a sense of fun in the few ends left on the surface."

Judge Lyn McKenzie in awarding 1st prize in surface design for Hope for 2000 at Textile Fantasia Body Wrap exhibition, Arts Marlborough, 1998



Tribal Cloak

Tribal Cloak1988 Tribal cloak highly commended at the inaugural Wearable Arts Award, Nelson

"...Limbs Dance Company ...opened the [Auckland Festival] with a dance piece, one of the male dancers [was] wearing Tribal Cloak entered in the [National Woolcrafts] fashion section."

June 8, 1988, review of Auckland Festival

"Stephanie Strawbridge modelled this hand-woven and made wool lurex evening coat trimmed with marabou feathers. The handiwork of Zonta member Mrs Peg Moorhouse, it was the highlight of the show."

Marlborough Express, June 2, 1976 review
Zonta Club Fashion Parade

What the critics say

"Peg Moorhouse's work 'Colourfall' features novelty threads that catch the light".

Marilyn Rea-Menzies blog, 19 July 2008.

Detail Colourfall 2008. Photo Rose Pelvin Click to Enlarge Photo"Like a magpie to silver, fibre artist Peg Moorhouse's eye is drawn to colour....subtly textured Japanese paper [is] the latest inspiration in her thirty-five years of weaving and have prompted a series of striking abstract artworks..."

Barbara Speedy, New Zealand House & Garden,
May 2007.

"Peg Moorhouse's energy is infectious. Sitting in the Millennium Art Gallery with her woven works surrounding her, she wriggles and fidgets in her seat. She's a real live wire."

Catherine Hubbard, Marlborough Express,
November 29, 2005

"Another, to me, outstanding work is that of Peg Moorhouse of the Marlborough Sounds. Her three Damask Linen Hangings ...are lovely works with colour blends in black and red."

Dr Doreen Blumhardt, Creative Fibre Magazine, December 2001

Creative Fibre National Exhibition

Click to Enlarge PhotoLinenTrust Award at the 2001 Creative Fibre National Exhibition at New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington judged by Judy Turner.

Pure Linen TableclothClick to enlarge photoLinen tablecloth selected for special mention by Carole Shepheard, judge for the Professional Weavers Network of New Zealand exhibition Synthesis Interwoven Elements at Suter Gallery, Nelson 2000.

"Not only was Mrs Moorhouse's entry 'Cape' highly commended in the wool section of the competition, but one of the judges was so taken with one of her entries that he bought it from her on the night".

Marlborough Express, 3 September, 1990 on the 1990 Chez Eelco Wearable Art Award